Welcome to The Parlor, one of the most distinguished bars in downtown Traverse City. We are an old-fashioned craft cocktail bar that offers a prohibition era experience that is vastly different from other establishments. Beyond our intriguing environment, we specialize in fresh, classic and unique handcrafted cocktails and gastro-pub style food – all backed by exceptional service. Behind the scenes, The Parlor also has an event venue space, the Northern Express Room, that is available for private parties, corporate events, wedding receptions, and other group gatherings.
Based in a historic train weigh station that was once occupied by a cherry warehouse in the 1800’s, The Parlor offers our patrons an unparalleled sense of historic warmth and vintage vibes with downtown Traverse City’s only free parking. Our rustic setting is inspired by original exposed wood beams and century-old architecture, all set in a vibrant, candlelit atmosphere. Whether you are attending a party or looking for a unique experience on the town, see what makes The Parlor one of the best cocktail lounges and event venues in northern Michigan.
Located in the heart of Traverse City’s downtown (just a block from Old Towne and a couple blocks from Front Street), The Parlor is located at the corner of Cass Street and Lake Avenue, directly across the street from the Hagerty Building. Recognized as one of Traverse City’s finest craft cocktail bars, patrons can partake in a wide variety of drinks ranging from cherry wood smoked bourbon cocktails to herb-infused concoctions that you won’t find anywhere else. Make your way down to The Parlor and make your Traverse City nightlife experience a remarkable one.
Beyond its reputation as one of the best bars in Traverse City, The Parlor also serves up creative eats with rotating gastro-pub style plates to enjoy. Whether you’re feeling like a simple snack or a delicious meal, there is always something to suit your fancy. Don't settle for something unhealthy, either. The menu changes on the first of every month, so expect nothing short of fresh and original.
In addition to being well-known for its creative craft cocktails, The Parlor’s drink menu offers an assortment of libations for all walks of life. While wine drinkers can choose from a tastefully-curated wine list, beer lovers can enjoy an array of local and Michigan craft brews as well as international classics. When it comes to drinks, we have something for everyone.
While oftentimes a chill and eclectic atmosphere, The Parlor can transform into a vibrant venue space to socialize, party, and celebrate. Not only do we host private parties, but we throw Traverse City’s most highly-anticipated events, from Summer celebrations, prohibition-era parties, fashion parties, and other holiday themed events. Be sure to check out our upcoming events.
There are several event venues in Traverse City, but few offer the level of character and historic charm as the Northern Express Room at The Parlor. The entire venue can accommodate up to 200 people. And because it's centrally located in downtown Traverse City, it is the perfect venue for private parties, corporate events, wedding receptions, and other social gatherings.